I Like It Like That

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

From the streets of Little Puerto Rico in the Bronx comes this story of Chino (Jon Seda) and Liza (Lauren Velez). Their marriage is being stretched to the breaking point for several reasons: Chino goes to jail for stealing during a black-out; the local girl with a bad reputation claims that Chino is the father of her baby; and finally, Liza cannot find a job to support her three young kids while Chino is in jail. Liza must also deal with her oldest boy who decides to work for drug dealers and her meddling mother-in-law, played with vigor by Rita Moreno. Liza eventually gets a job working for a record company executive, who wants to become romantically involved. While Liza's debating over accommodating her boss or being true to her cheating husband in jail, Chino's mother encourages him to give his name to the illegitmate baby. She thinks the girl's father might bail him out of jail and give him a good job. Can Chino and Liza's love survive the test? The answer to their dilemma is, in fact, light-hearted and funny, and their sometimes funny, always sensual relationship seems likely to survive. Obviously, this is a film for adults only.

However, most discerning adults will still clear of this one because of all the objectionable material, not the story. Two explicit sex scenes pepper the movie, including the opening scene with Chino and Liza. Another scene between Chino and the disreputable lady involves near nudity, suggestive comments and, of all things, a chicken. Many suggestive references are made about intercourse and female anatomy. Liza's homosexual, transvestite brother is portrayed as a normal person needing acceptance from his parents. Extra-marital affairs are shown as normal and even an appropriate way to "get revenge" on a cheating spouse. The only violence consists of the looting during the black-out and one punch that bloodies Chino's mouth. Over 100 obscenities and other objectionable dialogue make up for any lack in violence. Don't waste your time.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (17) times - Mild 3; Moderate 14

Obscene Language: Many (112) times (f-word 64 times; s-word 36 times; others 12)

Profanity: Several (5) times - Regular 4 (J,G); Exclamatory (1).

Violence: Few times - Moderate (man hit in face; brief scene of looting)

Sex: Shown twice with male full rear nudity once

Nudity: Few times (full rear male nudity; obscured breast nudity

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (References to intercourse and female anatomy; revealing clothing)

Drugs: None

Other: Extra-marital affairs are treated as normal and appropriate sometimes.

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Intended Audience: Adults

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